Tziona Shamay is director of the Helicon Poetry Society and Sha’ar International Poetry Festival based in Tel Aviv. She previously worked as Director of the Hebrew Writers’ Association until 2001 when she took up her current position. The Helicon Poetry Society, a non-profit organisation founded in 1990, promotes appreciation of poetry, acts as a training centre for emerging Israeli poets, fosters communication and sharing among poets writing in the various languages of Israel, particularly Hebrew and Arabic, runs international poetry translation workshops and initiates interactive ventures between poetry and other art forms.